We all love Central Park’s wildlife, and it’s up to us to protect them. Unfortunately, even the best intentions—like offering them bread, crackers, or other human food—or forgetting to throw out your trash can cause harm. How can you do your part in the Park? Here are some helpful tips:
- DO NOT FEED THE WILDLIFE. Human food can cause disease and death in ducks, geese, turtles, and other wildlife. The Central Park Conservancy makes sure the Park’s habitats provide enough natural food sources for animals to survive without help.
- CLEAN UP YOUR TRASH, INCLUDING FISHING GEAR. Fishing line, hooks, plastic bags, and other trash can seriously injure wildlife. There are receptacles throughout the landscape for discarding fishing gear, as well as regular trash and recycling bins.
- KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Do not approach, harass, or touch wildlife. It is dangerous to both you and the animal.
If you find a sick or injured animal, contact the Urban Park Rangers via 311.